About the Sahara Impact Fund

The Sahara Impact Fund (“SIF”) and Governance Unusual Programme aim to encourage and support the generation of ideas and solutions which will increase access to clean energy, promote sustainable environments and mobilize catalytic support for tangible partnerships towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in a manner that results in measurable social impact.  Through the Sahara Foundation the intention is to drive the attainment of the above objectives using the Sahara extrapreneurship model with an underlying ethos of “creating enabling environments for entrepreneurs”.

 

Through the Governance Unusual programme, Fellows on the programme will pay particular attention to how individual responsibility can inspire a paradigm shift that will culminate in the “whole” gravitating towards “doing the right thing” – without equivocation. In that light, we have decided to promote a movement for self-governance – one that challenges everyone to be the measure for “doing the right thing” against all odds. The Programme is a strategic partnership between Sahara Foundation, Ford Foundation, LEAP Africa and Impact Investors Foundation leveraging on strengths of the various partners.

This initiative is one of the many that the Sahara Foundation plans to implement in driving our extrapreneurship framework across the continent.

Meet the 2020/2021 Fellows

Step by Step Guide for the SIF

The Sahara Impact Fund (“SIF”) was created to support the generation of innovative solutions which will increase access to clean energy, promote sustainable environments all targeted at accelerating attainment of the SDGs in a manner that results in measurable social impact. It is a strategic partnership between Sahara Foundation, Ford Foundation, LEAP Africa and Impact Investment Foundation. The fund’s capacity is set at over $100,000 with opportunity for incremental access by beneficiaries based on impact.

The call for application runs from September 30 through October 15. The project is open to youth between the ages of 18 and 40, non-profits, social enterprises and entrepreneurs in Ghana, Nigeria, Cote d‘Ivoire, Kenya, Guinea, South Sudan, Tanzania, Cameroun and Zambia.

Our pool of seasoned professionals and Subject Matter Experts will review each application. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Successful applicants will be inducted to the 2020/2021 SIF cohort. During the course of the Fellowship, fellows will be exposed to:

  1. Mentoring and coaching by seasoned professionals
  2. Access to additional funding from the annual Impact Investors Forum deal summit.
  3. Sustainability training/ workshop.
  4. Webinars, online learning and advisory support.
  5. Alumni meet-ups and networking access to global opportunities and fellowships.

At the end of the programme, fellows will be provided with seed funding of $3,000 each. Access to additional funding from the annual Impact Investors Forum deal summit.

The Annual Deal Summit organized by Impact Investors Foundation will provide a platform for fellows to access additional funding from investors.

An awards ceremony will be organized in partnership with LEAP Africa to celebrate the successful completion of the fellowship programme.  The convergence will also serve as a platform to induct the incoming fellows for the 2021/ 2022 cohort.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sahara Group as we know is an organization established on the foundation of creativity, innovation amongst valiant values. With a huge influence and a desire to inspire the youth we desired platform where the youth can be inspired to create and follow this path daring the impossible and achieving results that would benefit/ impact the nation and create wealth in a sustainable way.

The Sahara Impact Fund capacity is set at over $100,000 with opportunity for incremental access by beneficiaries based on impact, reach and sustainability matrices targeted at supporting young social entrepreneurs in Africa with seed funding as well as providing access to mentoring from Sahara Group and other private sector partners, to scale up clean energy and sustainable environment innovations.
The Sahara Impact Fund (“SIF”) aims to encourage and support the generation of ideas and solutions which will increase access to clean energy, promote sustainable environments and mobilize catalytic support for tangible partnerships towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in a manner that results in measurable social impact.

  1. Nonprofits or social enterprises or businesses must be registered with their relevant regulatory and government agencies as funding will not be given for that purpose or to individuals in their personal capacity.
  2. Organization must have been in existence for at least one year
  3. All submitted social solutions must be at the growth stage, must have been implemented and have direct beneficiaries. Evidence of claim through pictures, news releases, etc. must be documented and shared during the application.
  4. Only technology driven innovative solutions with measurable community impact will be considered. Submissions must show evidence or claim through provision of web links and other online presence.
  5. Innovations must show sustainability and scalability.
  6. Organizations must submit social solutions within the Foundation’s key focus areas of Clean and Affordable Energy and Sustainable Environment both with an Entrepreneurship focus.
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